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Hepatitis Prevention, Screening Promoted Among African Americans

KEY POINT

Even though many are at risk for acquiring hepatitis A, B, or C, African Americans often are not immunized against or screened for these diseases because of a variety of social, cultural, and structural barriers. According to a consensus statement issued by the National Medical Association (NMA), several key actions could increase hepatitis immunization and detection rates in this group and address an important public health need in the effort to eradicate these pathogenic viruses.

SOURCES

National Colloquium on African American Health. Promoting Prevention of Viral Hepatitis in the African American Community. Washington, DC: National Medical Association; 2001:1–6.

Ni Y-H et al. Hepatitis B virus infection in children and adolescents in a hyperendemic area: 15 years after mass hepatitis B vaccination. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135:196–800.

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